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Kids Nonfiction 218
Polar Bears Aren't Lonely
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)  
 
5.0
Learning Value 
 
4.0
Did you know that polar bear adults live alone? Or that the only enemies polar bears have are other polar bears? Facts like this will enthrall young readers who have perhaps seen these majestic bears in zoos and want to learn more about them.

This Ranger Rick series is a level one reader, and lays out basic facts about polar bears in simple, easy to read language. Large print accompanies full color photographic illustrations. Starting with the premise that the reader has wished to be a polar bear, the basic ways these bears function in regards to shelter, food, and communication are laid out nicely.
Good Points
In addition to conversation starters beside relevant sections ("Have you ever explored your neighborhood?" is asked of readers who learn about young bears venturing out for the first time.), there is a fun (but somewhat messy!) experiment at the back of the book involving the insulating properties of fat. There is also a helpful glossary and some fun facts.

It's easy to get caught up in picture books with young readers and forget to pair some of these books with nonfiction titles. Many older readers love nonfiction, so it's important to vary a beginning reader's selections as well. The Ranger Rick titles are good ones about animals, as are the National Geographic Readers, and a trip to the local library will help find additional titles and series to fill in any knowledge gaps.
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